Lamu

Lamu is a tropial island, a beautiful place of rolling dunes and endless beaches, where tiny villages nestle among coconut and mango plantations and lateen sailed dhows ply the waters. It is a place whose history is as mysterious and fascinating as the winding streets of its medieval stone town.

The Old town began life as a 14th century Swahili settlement with narrow streets that hitherto remain unchanged.There are no vehicles on this island, and the donkey and the dhow remain the dominant form of transport.

It provides a hypnotically exotic experience, made even more enjoyable by the relaxed and welcoming attitudes of the locals. Most visitors come here to experience the unique culture and history of the island but there are also opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts to explore.

The Palm forests and wetland areas of the island are excellent spots for finding coastal waterfowl and other birds. On the stretches of beach around the shore, populations of crabs can be seen, often swarming the sand in large number.

On the arid mainland opposite Lamu, there is a surprising abundance of wildlife in the Dodori Reserve, including Buffalo, Lion and Leopard.

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